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Stupid driving may have caused 130-car crash in Kent

Road safety chiefs have criticised irresponsible motorists by saying a 130-car pile up in Kent may have been caused by ‘stupid driving’.

More than 60 people suffered personal injury following the incident on a bridge connecting mainland Kent with the Isle of Sheppey.

Thick fog is believed to have contributed to the smash but AA president Edmund King blamed drivers which tailgate other vehicles in dense fog for putting themselves and others in danger.

He said: “I was driving in foggy conditions on the M25 in Hertfordshire today and it was stupid the way people were driving.

“That could well have been the case in the Kent incident.

“It’s really bad to travel too close to the car in front in good conditions and if you do it in foggy conditions it’s an absolute recipe for disaster.

While it’s not against the law to fail to put fog lights on in misty weather, Mr King said that it’s ‘vital they get used.’

He added: “The main thing for drivers to remember is not to tailgate. Such actions are now covered by new careless driving legislation and offenders could face a fixed penalty notice.

“It’s just fortunate that the casualty figures from the incident were low. It could have been a lot worse.

“Many people could be out of pocket following the accident as their insurance policies could require them to pay the first £200 to £300 of a claim for a shunt-like crash.”

Eight people were seriously hurt and 60 were treated for minor injuries after the crash which happened on Thursday 5th September.

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